T-Mobile’s 5G network now covers the most miles in the U.S. Interstate Highway System, according to new data gathered by Ookla, a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency.
T-Mobile’s 5G network is available at 92 percent of all Interstate miles. Meanwhile, according to Ookla, AT&T covers 68 percent and Verizon covers 51 percent of Interstate miles. While 99 percent of Interstate Highway miles is covered with the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks of major providers, Ookla data also shows that T-Mobile’s 5G network has a huge lead over its rivals in 5G coverage.
T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G covers 295 million people across 1.6 million square miles with low-band 5G, according to the company. Ultra Capacity 5G provides customers with an average download data speed of 325 Mbps with peaks at 1 Gbps. While 140 million people now have the ability to use Ultra Capacity 5G, T-Mobile hopes to have its fastest tier of service (using dedicated mid-band and/or high-band) available to 200 million consumers before the end of this year.
The Ookla report comes at a time when people are getting ready summer vacation travel. And according to reports, the number of travelers has more than doubled since last year, especially with more people coming out of quarantine after getting vaccinated. According to T-Mobile data, customers who traveled 100 miles or more has doubled over the same time last year. There is also an 80 percent increase among travelers who took a distance of 50 miles or more.
“When you’ve got T-Mobile 5G, you’ve got the largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network… So, you’re covered at home, work, school, your favorite vacation spot, and on the roads in between,” said Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Sources: Ookla, T-Mobile